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Environmental Destruction Threatens Us with Extinction

The Green New Deal is essential in order to transition to a zero carbon economy. The Green New Deal puts people at the center of a plan for a transition to a sustainable world. It provides Americans with the training, education and job guarantees needed to ensure a just transition, especially for those communities that are least responsible for climate change but are most affected by it: working class, low-income, people of color, and indigenous peoples.

In October 2018, the alarming 1.5°C report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that net human-caused carbon dioxide emissions must decline by 45% by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050 in order to prevent disastrous effects to our planet.What should have been a gentle transition that started in the 80s is now going to have to be a massive 10-20 year rush to make up for the 30 years our predecessors spent doing nothing.

This problem is too big for any 1 nation, the only way to solve a planetary problem is with a planetary solution. The Paris Climate Accords are nowhere near enough, we need to establish a Climate Council to allocate global funds most efficiently and ensure that carbon and plastic goals are met. We need to extend the Green New Deal to the UN and tackle the issue in unison.

But even now at the last possible hour, representatives are refusing to even back the non-binding Green New Deal, even while Record flooding in the midwest threatens the American people’s food supply.

The fossil fuel industry that caused this damage has purchased our representatives, including the ones on the Committee on the Climate Crisis.

Our survival hinges on the fortitude of the American people over the next few years. A challenge I have faith we’re capable of overcoming.

What we need:

  • A renewable, carbon neutral energy system.
  • The development of a climate commission to attempt to predict the next disasters and prepare the communities in area vulnerable to sea level rise, wildfires, drought, floods, and hurricanes.
  • Reduce carbon pollution from transportation by building electric vehicles, and modernizing and expanding public transit.
  • Issuing sizable research Grants to design and prototype a 2 seat electric commuter vehicle with a 50 mile range swap-able batteries that sells for under $15,000.
  • A 40% reduction in national HFCs by 2030.
  • Ban fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure and keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground by banning fossil fuel leases on public lands.
  • End exports of coal, natural gas , and crude oil.
  • Reducing Energy expenditure by incentivizing changes in business behavior.
  • Hold the people and corporations responsible for the misinformation that has caused this problem responsible for the lives they’ve taken.

Healthcare is a Human Right

Today, more than 30 million Americans still don’t have health insurance and even more are underinsured or strained to the brink by their premiums. We spend double per person than any nation in Europe, to the point that Medical bills are the single largest cause of consumer bankruptcy.

The greatest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act have been insurance companies. The U.S. is one of the few developed nations without universal healthcare;in fact, American healthcare is ranked 27th on earth! The study concluded that investments in education and healthcare are tied to a country’s economic performance, and improvements in these areas could lead to faster economic growth. Americans agree, but our representatives aren’t getting the message.

Today, 70% of Americans support Medicare-for-All, it is time for our Congress to stop representing big money and corporate interests, and start representing the people.

Pharma has spent billions of dollars to ensure that their profits come before the health of the people, and our Congress has aided and abetted it. We must defeat them, together. That means:

  • Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program.

We need to:

  • Join the 20th century by establishing a single-payer healthcare program.
  • Pass Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, which pegs prices to the median drug prices of our trading partners: Canada, the UK, France, Germany, and Japan. Effectively cutting prescription prices in half.
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate with the big drug companies to lower prescription drug prices with the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act.
  • Allow patients and pharmacists to buy low-cost drugs from other countries

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